All aboard! The Steam and Cider Fair is coming to Old Dagenham Park

PUBLISHED: 11:48 29 June 2018

Steam and Cider Fair. Picture: LBBD

Steam and Cider Fair. Picture: LBBD


All aboard! Steam engines and classic cars chug their way to Old Dagenham Park on Saturday for a fair celebrating the borough’s rural and industrial heritage.

Steam and Cider Fair. Picture: LBBDSteam and Cider Fair. Picture: LBBD

Historic engines and a parade of vintage motors are among the attractions on offer at the Steam and Cider Fair.

The free event in Ballards Road, Dagenham, promises something for the whole family, including horse and carriage rides, a Punch and Judy show, circus skills workshop, farm animals, a fun fair and cider bar.

Meanwhile, at the fair’s special ‘Thrills and spills’ arena, Steve Murty’s wheelie fire truck and a display from display Misselchalke Gundogs.

Gun dogs, also known as bird dogs, help hunters find and retrieve game on shoots. The Misselchalke team has performed at various country shows across the country with leader Nick Gregory working with his hairy helpers for the last two decades.

Dolly Parton tribute act begs Jolene not to steal her man at Steam and Cider Fair. Picture: LBBDDolly Parton tribute act begs Jolene not to steal her man at Steam and Cider Fair. Picture: LBBD

And beware, Jolene: a Dolly Parton tribute act is heading to town with a firm but fair reminder not to take her man.

Hailing from the other side of the Atlantic, the Jordan Academy of Irish Dance will wow the crowd with a frenzy of frenzied footwork.

There will also be stalls and workshops for those needing to recover after the swift-footed show.

Cllr Saima Ashraf, deputy council leader and cabinet member for community leadership and engagement said: “The Steam and Cider Fair has always been one of the major highlights of our Summer of festivals programme and we hope our residents will turn out in force once again.

Steam and Cider Fair. Picture: LBBDSteam and Cider Fair. Picture: LBBD

“We will once again celebrate Barking and Dagenham’s industrial past and I’m sure the entertainment on offer will make it another memorable day for the whole family.

“The sun will be shining and I look forward to seeing the community come together once again.”

Parking for the event, which runs from 11am until 6pm, is found in nearby The Leys park and costs £3.50.

Steam and Cider Fair forms part of Barking and Dagenham Council’s Summer of Festivals, a programme of 10 free events running until September.

About 100,000 people attended the inaugural Summer of Festivals in 2015, according to the council.

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